COPENHAGEN — A one-legged Chechen boxer injured in an explosion at a Copenhagen hotel was preparing a letter bomb, likely intended for a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, police said Friday.
The device went off as the man was assembling it in a hotel bathroom on Sept. 10, said Svend Foldager, a police spokesman. The suspect received cuts to his face, and no one else was injured.
“We consider it likely that it was Jyllands-Posten in Aarhus that was the target,” Foldager said, referring to the Danish daily whose 12 cartoons of Muhammad sparked fiery riots in Muslim countries in 2006. The suspect refused to reveal his identity, but investigators believe that he is a Chechen-born amateur boxer living in Belgium.